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Metro-North Is A Joke: Local Comedian Uses Westchester As Inspiration

Yonkers comedian Nore Davis.
Yonkers comedian Nore Davis. Photo Credit: Submitted

Heard the joke about Metro-North?

Nore Davis has a bunch of them. The comedian, who was born and raised in Yonkers, likes to riff about everyday life in Westchester.

That includes bits about the friend he's known forever that recently turned gluten-free (making dining out tough), how Staples is benefiting from the protest movement (which has practically turned into Pokémon GO) and how he's already getting poor posture from his smartphone.

"We're going to be the first of our generation that complains in the old age home that we don't have good WiFi," he said.

Davis, who's been doing comedy for 11 years, said he relies on his life for inspiration and that includes walking around the waterfront, and shopping at Ridge Hill and Cross County Mall where he likes observing people.

And yes, having to pay to park -- at Ridge Hill and The Westchester -- has its own set of jokes as does hanging out at Barnes & Noble which he calls an "upper class library" because you can read every book and put it back, without anyone noticing or saying a thing.

"I like talking about things people can understand," he said.

"And even if they can't, I usually find things folks can relate to."

He's big into the contrasts that exist in the world and often uses that in his material. For example, one of his jokes chronicles the differences between Metro-North and the NYC subway, or riding a plane vs. taking the Megabus. (He has a great bit paralleling the United Airlines incident removal of a passenger to what would have happened if that was on a Citibike.)

A father of a young daughter, he says he tries to be a different kind of heterosexual male voice that is respectful of women as well as socially conscious. His act weaves personal stories about family and relationships while making larger points about identity, race, politics and sex.

It's partly why he's often a warm-up for 2 Dope Queens, a popular podcast hosted by Jessica Williams of The Daily Show and Phoebe Robinson of Broad City.  He knows Robinson, in fact, from his college days when he was studying graphic design.

"I always knew I wanted to be an artist," he said. "It just took me a while to figure out what type of artist."

He got serious about being an entertainer while a junior in college -- and eventually hit the circuit at open mic nights. He still enjoys smaller venues to test out his material but you can also find him at larger shows such as the one he has Friday, Nov. 10 as part of The New York Comedy Festival. (Go here for details.)

Davis has two albums out -- "Home Game" and "Away Game" (available on iTunes, Spotify & Tidal) -- and is working on a third. He also just finished filming a show for VH1 called Talk 30 which airs the end of November (no exact date yet).

Mainly, he says, he's just trying to make people laugh. Go to www.noredavis.com/ for more information.

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